By Ogova Ondego
Published January 8, 2016
Children and youth in Kenya and the Diaspora are invited to submit art works for the 2016 edition of an annual creativity competition known as MASK Prize.
Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK), the England-based organisers of the prize, say eligible participants are children and youth under the age of 25; that “up to 20 prizes totalling up to Sh300000 will be awarded”; and that one may enter as many works as one wishes to. No entry fee is charged.
All forms of visual, performance and digital art and ‘entrepreneurial business ideas’ may be submitted for consideration before May 1, 2016.
The types of art to be submitted include paintings; drawings; collages; prints; installation; sculptures; graffiti; photography; photojournalism; digital (computer) art; music; dance; and performance.
MASK Prize is awarded in five categories: Children under 13 years (any medium of artworks); Individual artists (14-25 years old); Individual musicians; Schools; and Best Entrepreneurial (Business) Idea.
Saying “selected works will be exhibited in the UK and USA”, MASK says its award-giving ceremony will be “at Michael Joseph Art Centre in Nairobi on June 23, 2016.”
OK. Then download the entry form with rules from mobileartschoolinkenya.org/mask-prize/how-to-enter.html.
Is there any special note on the entry submission?
Yes, MASK Prize organisers say.
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• “For videos: upload your videos on YouTube first, then enter the YouTube URL link in the Entry Form. Videos must be 3 min long or less.
• For visual art: take photographs of your works first, save it as JPEG file, and then download it in the Entry Form. JPEG files must not be less than 3 MB.
• For entrepreneurial ideas: your works must be clearly written out in no more than 300 words, photographed and then downloaded in the Entry Form as JPEG file.”